Programme objectives

Master's Programme, ICT Innovation, 120 credits (TIVNM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2018

Last edit: 07/01/2019
Approved: 07/01/2019

The ICT Innovation master's programme main subjects Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. The programme aims at combining advanced technical education in information and communication technology (90.0 credits) with business-oriented courses focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship (30.0 credits).

Objectives for the business-oriented parts are a basic understanding of, as well as application of each in a stepwise business development process from idea to product:

  • Marketing and market analysis
  • Business Formation, Management and HR work 
  • Project work and management
  • Finance

Objectives of the technical specializations:

Human Computer Interaction and Design focuses on the study, design, development and evaluation of innovative user interfaces and interactive systems with regard to both human aspects (social, cognitive and sensor levels) as well as technical and economic aspects.

Digital Media Technology focuses on basic techniques of digital media systems including techniques for the generation of digital media, processing and encoding of the media, the storage of media content as well as wired and wireless transmission media.

Internet technologies and architectures focuses on communications systems design, modern network respectively. Internet technology, mobile and wireless technologies, properties of complex communications systems and user aspects.

Embedded Systems focuses on models, methods and platforms for embedded systems, embedded hardware, respectively. software and communications aspects, energy saving and communication aspects.

Data Science focuses on a wide range of advanced topics in data­intensive computing platforms, i.e., existing frameworks to store and process Big Data as well as the basics of stream processing, data analysis, data mining, and algorithms, techniques and tools for machine learning to analyze very large amounts of data.

Cloud Computing and Services focuses on distributed systems, advance network methods, service oriented technologies for both stationary and mobile systems, distributed information and data processing as well as with methods and techniques for cloud computing.

Autonomous Systems focus on artificial intelligence (AI) in particular robotics, computer vision (image analysis), speech technology, distributed AI, machine learning and control technology, sensor networks and distributed systems.

Knowledge and understanding

For a master’s degree in ICT Innovation the student shall:

  • be able to design and evaluate the characteristics of a specific system
  • have good knowledge of current research and development and trends in the industry
  • have good knowledge of the processes, methods and tools used for the development of the specific technology
  • be able to apply science and engineering in a relevant way
  • implement a business development process from idea to product.

Skills and abilities

For a master’s degree in ICT Innovation the student shall:

  • demonstrate the ability to create technical solutions that meet human and societal needs
  • demonstrate the ability to identify, define, formulate and manage complex problems in the area
  • demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge in the field, analyze the commercial potential of a technical solution and plan the implementation of a commercial exploitation
  • demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and to analyze, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, even with limited information
  • demonstrate the ability to critically, independently and creatively identify and formulate issues and to plan and use appropriate methods, carry out advanced tasks within specified time frames, thereby contributing to the development of knowledge and to evaluate this work
  • demonstrate the ability to, national and international, orally and in writing, explain and discuss their conclusions and the knowledge and arguments behind them, in dialogue with different groups demonstrate the skills required
  • demonstrate the ability to participate in research and development work or to work independently in other advanced contexts.
  • demonstrate the ability to develop and design products, processes and systems with regard to people's conditions and needs and society's goals for economic, social and ecological sustainable development.

Ability to make judgments and adopt a standpoint

For a master’s degree in ICT Innovation the student shall:

  • critical reading/reviewing of technical reports, design documents and business plans
  • evaluate documents strengths and weaknesses and formulate evaluation of concrete and constructive terms
  • show ability to make assessments taking into account relevant scientific, societal and ethic aspects as well as show awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work
  • show insight into the possibilities and limitations of science, its role in society and the responsibility of humans for its use
  • show ability to identify her/his need for additional knowledge and take responsibility for the development of his/her own knowledge.
  • demonstrate insight into possibilities and limitations of technology, its role in society and people's responsibility for how it works and is used, including social and economic aspects as well as environmental and work environment aspects.